The last few months have been very busy for me. In November, my wife, Feyma, returned home after about six months in Alaska. Within only a week or so after her return, I was busy doing Santa Claus and local malls. When Feyma came home, we decided that we were going to move to a smaller house, because our family is shrinking (kids are growing up). Because December is so busy for us, we decided to target January far moving time. We were able to make it happen! We moved on January 15, and the last couple of weeks have been very busy getting everything unpacked and properly situated in the new house. We are very happy with our new place and happy that we made the move.
As I told you a while back in another blog post, I more or less stopped fasting around the beginning of November 2017. I did some Intermittent Fasting (IF) during the last few months, but not much extended fasting. To be honest, I have found it hard to get back into the swing extended fasting. This surprised me greatly because last year I was able to jump right into it. My first extended fast was 10 days, and I had little problem doing it. This year, however, it has been a difficult thing.
For the last few weeks, I have been doing a two day fast once or twice per week (usually once per week). When I have set out to do longer fasts, though, I have found it difficult. Thankfully, right now, I feel him in the proper mindset, and I am hoping to do a 10 day fast. Right now, I am finishing up day two, and I’m pretty sure I can do it.
Thankfully, over the last three months of not fasting, I really have not gained very much weight. Only about seven or 8 pounds, and I feel that is mostly water weight. I am very thankful for that, and I feel that it shows that the type of diet I follow will serve me well in the future.
I’m excited, though, to get back into doing a longer extended fast. I feel that my body needs that. I felt much better when I was doing longer fasts. Not that I feel bad now, but I don’t feel as good as I did while doing more fasting.
I am not being critical, but I have found it more difficult to do fasts while my wife is home from working in Alaska. Partly because she is always keeping me in mind, asking what do I want for dinner, offering me food, and such. I told her the other day to not offer me food anymore, and that I will ask if there’s something that I want. My wife is a very good lady, always looking out for me, but when she offers me food, it is difficult to say no. Even if I am fasting, the temptation often takes over. I think that if my wife continues to follow what I’ve asked, to not be offered food, the fasting will be less difficult.
I want to lose between 40 and 50 more pounds. My wife will be leaving, and going back to Alaska in mid-May. That gives me about 3 1/2 months before she leaves. I am hoping that I can at least lose 40 pounds before she leaves. That is my goal right now. I want to lose as much as I can while she is still home so that she can see my progress. That would make me very happy.
Yes, I feel that I’m back in the saddle again, or at least climbing up into the saddle. We shall see how the next week or so goes. I will keep you posted.
It is amazing how much another’s presence, innocent questions and suggestions can influence my mind toward fasting, too. Cheering you on!!!
Thank you Ellen. I agree and it is very surprising to me as well.
Good for you Bob to have accomplished so much, I hate moving and dieting, so have to look up to someone that is doing both. Good luck with the weight and the new house.
Thank you Bruce. Good luck to you on your journey.
Connie Blake Thingstad
Good to see you back! After taking a break myself, I found it hard to get back to longer fasts but i’m on day 8 now. You can do this!
Day 8, that is great! I am midway through Day 3 now and feeling good. Yesterday was hard, but I pushed through! I want to get back to where fasting is normal and easy again! Thanks for the push to keep me going!
Congrats on Day 8! I hope to be there in a few days myself! Thanks for the encouragement!